Alyssa Cantalini '15
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | St. David Catholic Secondary School
Biology, Healthcare Studies
I play third base for the Crusaders, Susquehanna University women’s softball team. We had a record 40 wins during the 2012-13 season and took the Landmark Conference championship! You can imagine with softball and classes going on simultaneously, it’s difficult to balance the two, let alone any job you might have and your personal life. But I have always played sports and I believe it has helped me to grow as a person.
On the competitive front, athletes are put through stressful situations due to game events and have to deal with the physical strain of a very short season. Being an athlete helps me grow as a student as it makes me really focus on my classes and has driven me to do the best that I possibly can both in the classroom and on the field.
I try to look ahead so I can stay on top of my homework. I keep a calendar with all my assignments, tests, practices and games so I can visually see what I have to do. The professors at SU support their students 100% so that we can succeed. The softball coaching staff is also a great support system. They know that we are student athletes and that being a student comes first. They are a tremendous help both on the field and off the field.
When I was in secondary school, I played softball in a very competitive league that took me all around Canada and to the U.S. I chose Susquehanna for softball over a Canadian school and other U.S. schools because SU has the complete package. It offers both a competitive and successful softball program, and it meets all my needs academically. I like smaller class sizes as I feel that the teachers and professors are more personal.
I also love the campus! Although I’m in a different country, SU reminds me of home! I talk to my family at home a lot and I stay occupied with classes, sports and community service. Susquehanna is the perfect place for me.
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